Originally Posted by RecycledRS
Great read! I'll be subscribed for the duration of the trip.
Regarding the chain perhaps you could try a different chain lube. The Dupont teflon is meant for a dusty environment and it does not pick up dirt easily. Since your chain is enclosed it may pay to try a chain lube that is sticky by nature while relying on the chain enclosure to keep dirt out and get better lubrication from the lube because it sticks to the chain.
What spares are you taking on the trip. Tires, chains, sprockets and cables are a must. Spokes for front and rear wheels, tire patch kits, etc. will not be readily available in many of the countries you are visiting and as such should be packed with you.
Best of luck to you both.
We are taking sprockets, front brake cable, a complete set of wheel bearings, air filter, spark plugs, 2 tubes, a tire patch kit, and a spare tire each. We are also adding about a half dozen spare spokes to the kit this week. One of the advantages to the Symbas is that there is a SYM importer on every continent we will be visiting. The other is that most of the Symba parts are interchangeable with Honda Cub parts.